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Poets’ meet from tomorrow

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BHUBANESWAR: The pilgrims’ paradise of Puri would host a poets’ meet – Udayaraga – the annual poetry festival of young writers in Oriya commencing on Saturday.

The two-day event would be organised jointly by Bhubaneswar-based Odisha Samskruti Academy (OSA) and Singhadwar, an Oriya literary magazine being published from Puri, informed OSA chairperson Kedar Mishra and the magazine editor Chimnoy Bibek. Puri Zilla Parishad Chairperson Sankar Parida, a prominent promoter of cultural affairs, has been its chief patron, they added.

Conceived as a platform to celebrate the creativity of promising poets and new voices in Oriya poetry by New Delhi-based eminent Oriya poet J.P.Das, the annual festival was launched three years ago in the Capital City by OSA, Mishra said. It moved to Koraput last year and was hosted there in association with Koraput Sahitya Paribar, a literary forum, it was learnt.

“Though the festival is meant for the new generation poets, we invite senior writers to be a part of the meet to listen to the young writers and comment on their creativity. Prominent poets like J.P.Das and Badri Narayan (Hindi poet) flew to join us for the past two editions of the festival respectively. Besides, poetry recitation and interactive sessions among the writers, we also publish an anthology of the poems carrying the name of the festival and containing the poems presented in the event,” maintained Mishra.

Thirty young poets apart, eminent literary critics and veteran writers would join the Puri meet this year. They include Professor Bishnu Narayan Mahapatra from New Delhi, poet and playwright Harihar Mishra, Profesor Himansu Mahapatra from Utkal University, Jyoti Nanda and Rabindra Kumar Swain. The participating poets include Biraj Bal, Durga Prasad Panda, Saroj, Sanjaya Kumar Mishra, Pritidhara Samal, Subhasree Lenka, Gayatribala Panda, Swapna Mishra, Chirasree Indrasingh, Ajaya Padhan, Pabitra Mohan Dash, Bharat Majhi, Manua Dash, Ipsita Sarangi, Badal Mohanty, Chinmaya Bibek, Manoj Meher, Debendra Lal and Akhila Nayak.

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